People afflicted with chronic pains and sore muscles come to licensed massage therapist Jason Colvard for relief, relying on treatments such as therapeutic bodywork, neuromuscular therapy, and Thai yoga therapy. Colvard draws on these modalities as he mends sinews damaged by injuries, repetitive motions, or stress placed on them during professional slouching competitions. He can also use bodywork techniques to help healthy athletes boost their performance.
Though just a short trip from Charlotte’s bustling downtown, La Bella Vita Day Spa seems a world apart. Located amid the rolling woodlands and quaint brick buildings of Matthews, the spa reflects its immediate surroundings with serene private treatment rooms that host facials, massages, body polishes, and similarly indulgent spa services.
Wrought iron accents adorn the spa’s walls, which glow in the same golden color as the blankets spread across each massage bed. Standing beside one of these beds, massage therapists soothe anxieties and stimulate circulation with full-body Swedish techniques, neuromuscular strokes that target areas of chronic pain, and sports massages that repair muscles strained while throwing down dunks or crouching in timeout huddles. Next door, aestheticians rejuvenate skin with waxing treatments and facials that employ organic Éminence skincare products to erase blemishes. In contrast to the tranquil atmosphere of the private treatment rooms, nail technician Christie Carpenter’s manicure and pedicure stations buzz with lively chatter as she dips hands and feet in baths of moisturizing paraffin and brushes nails with vibrant polish.
Each board-certified reflexologist at Relax Rebuild LLC has accrued a minimum of 15 years in the field with knowledge of massage and reflexology techniques from around the world. Each session aims to help clients find relief from head-to-toe aches, including migraines and allergies.
Though blind since birth, Ricky Prevatte has never let his lack of sight slow him down. He attended public schools growing up, where he excelled at wrestling and beepball—a form of baseball modified for the blind. It was at this active time that Prevatte first discovered the healing powers of massage; when he learned he had an aptitude for the holistic method, he decided to turn it into a career. That was 25 years ago. Today, Prevatte continues to strengthen his skill set with medical massage techniques, allowing him to better relieve his clients of chronic pain. He helps restore balance between the nervous, muscular, and skeletal systems with neuromuscular therapy, which can alleviate symptoms ranging from leg pain and carpal-tunnel syndrome to anxiety and a severe case of the Mondays. During Active Isolated Stretching treatments, Prevatte stretches major muscle groups to increase flexibility and enhance overall health.
With more than 100 loose-leaf teas at its tea bar and spa services tucked away in themed rooms, Urbàna Cityspa & Teabar is a relaxing oasis for sippers and relaxation seekers. Earning nods in both Southern Living and Charlotte magazine, the loft-style spa’s treatments incorporate the wonders of tea into many of its services, such as its chai- or green-tea stone massage, or the Deep Steep, a deep-tissue massage ideal for athletes or tea bags that play pickup football on the weekends. The spa’s in-house tea bar sells only loose-leaf teas bought directly from importers who buy their wares from gardens in countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Thailand.
Mounted over the repurposed home's entrance, a large American flag patriotically waves above a vibrant floral bed and pillared porch. However, after walking through the bright-red front door, guests discover a European-inspired spa staffed by skilled and licensed stylists, aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians. Using exclusive skin- and haircare products—by brands including Pevonia Botanica and Bumble and bumble—Carmel Day Spa & Salon's specialists pamper guests with services ranging from haircuts to facials to massages. Sleek monochrome furniture and fixtures populate the salon area and treatment rooms, whose walls feature various pieces of art used to conceal wall safes filled with Monopoly money.
Licensed massage therapist Nneka Means, a Charlotte native, believes that massage therapy can and should be a part of one's approach to health and wellness. She focuses her efforts on five different massage modalities, each of which can improve health without requiring prescription medicine, invasive surgeries, or the ingestion of Arnold Schwarzenegger photos. Nneka renders hot-stone massages that harness the power of heat, deep-tissue treatments that undo muscle knots, and energy-based reiki sessions.